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April 21, 2010

Statement on Fish & Game Commission’s Tabling of Calif. Bear Hunt Proposals

Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the California Fish and Game Commission's decision Wednesday to table proposals to expand trophy hunting of black bears:

"California's black bears won a reprieve today, but they are not out of the woods. The Humane Society of the United States applauds the California Fish and Game Commission for voting to table action on proposals advanced by the trophy and hound hunting lobby to dramatically expand high-tech trophy hunting of bears. The proposals could increase the number of bears killed each year by up to 50 percent, and allow the use of unsportsmanlike GPS devices and 'tip switches' to make it easier for hound hunters to shoot helpless, treed bears at point-blank range. Thousands of Californians submitted public comments opposing these inhumane and unsporting practices. The Commission would do well to scrap these reckless proposals altogether."

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